Former Hollinger exec Atkinson given $10,000 fine, restrictions

Global News

TORONTO – Former Hollinger Inc. executive and Conrad Black co-defendant Peter Atkinson is being asked to pay back $10,000 in legal costs as part of a Law Society of Upper Canada decision.

A Law Society hearing last month found that Atkinson engaged in conduct unbecoming for a barrister and solicitor in relation to mail fraud convictions handed down in a Chicago court in much-publicized case eight years ago.

The society had already suspended Atkinson for two years as of Aug. 30, 2008, but is now limiting the scope of his practice for another two years.

The June 17 decision, released Tuesday, says Atkinson may only provide legal services as an employee of a licensee or as part of a contract, and prohibits him from practising as a sole practitioner or as partner in a firm.

He has also been asked to pay costs to the Law Society within a month…

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